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  • 30-Oct-2018 12:15 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Some great pictures from our Orange County Council’s CAI Course and the Fishing / Fly Fishing Merit Badge Clinic.  


    They had 25 new CAIs plus several existing CAIs who coached 50 plus Scouts in an all-day merit badge class.  


    They had +or- 80 completed merit badges on Sunday and then on a following weekend the 8 scouts who did not catch their fish did so to give us about 90 completed.

     

      https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMixddyq6ZOUvDJhDMs4wIcYguS5fLuFIPe3XHry-9cOp6YDnhIgQb9XfiZOcG8IA?key=aV9mYURCX3BpMjRKMjRVTktha3d6SFV1akU4dTBB

     

    All in all it was a great weekend and thanks to Darren and his team for a great job of recruiting, coaching and presenting.  They are now forming a council Fishing Committee.  We need more like this one!

     

    Ben

    C. Ben Jelsema

    BSA National Outdoor Program Committee

    Chairman, BSA National Fishing Committee

    Group Lead Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force

    ben@jelsema.cc   407 491-2906


  • 25-Sep-2018 4:17 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    For the newest addition of the CAI Fall 2018 Newsletter, Click Here .

  • 23-Sep-2018 1:23 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Check out these fishing videos from our good friend Tom Redington.


    Where to find the fish in a river or stream!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYQxGd3KrfM&list=PLHGEvyG5wutjIRgsBphN0GLBIt944HNZQ



    Best places to find big bass

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBPbrDL3Fbg



    Fishing 101: How to cast a closed face spincast reel and fishing rod


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-D6sakge7M&list=PLLJHIrTVplvcKjB0f3eM_sJ-_nARMzrrZ


  • 23-Sep-2018 12:50 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},

    This past week,  seven CAIs gathered at the Philmont Training Center. They came from the  Northeast, Central and Western Region.   


    These Scouters were given the opportunity to develop confidence as a Course Director for the Certified Angling Instructor, (CAI), Train the Trainer Program. 

    BSA National Fishing Committee’s most sought after mentors and thought leaders, Ben Jelsema, Fred Hodge, and Michael Brand, shared their passion as part of this outstanding opportunity for personal growth and development. 


    Highly interactive classroom and field activities, capitalized on the group’s experiences, expertise and feedback. These sessions included; Promotion, Scheduling, Staffing, Design, Planning, Budgeting, and Administration. 


    Join me and congratulate our newest CAI Course Directors.

    Thomas Baker - Central Region - Heart of America Council

    Dale Geesaman - Northeast Region - New Birth of Freedom Council

    Frederick Monahan - Northeast Region - Connecticut Yankee Council

    Edward Pounds - Western Region - Southern Sierra Council

    Claudia Reed - Northeast Region - Laurel Highlands Council

    Stan Wright - Western Region - Aloha Council

    Michael Youssi - Central Region - W.D.Boyce Council


    If you would like to lead the adventure of BSA Fishing Programs, this course is for you!  FISH ON!


    For details on the upcoming course in the Central Region click Central Region.


    For details on the upcoming course in the Southern Region click Southern Region.


    We encourage you to attend this Course. We need additional courses to be run throughout the Nation.  We cannot do this alone.  Your investment of time and talents are needed, as we get ready to take Youth Fishing in 2019.  Now is the time, register today!


    Sincerely, 


    Michael R. Brand - BSA National Fishing Committee - Communications 


  • 12-Sep-2018 11:31 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    I would like to invite you to attend a CAI Course Director Conference in 2018.


    These conferences are facilitated by members of the BSA National Fishing Task Force, and are designed to develop existing Certified Angling Instructors, like you, into confident CAI Course Directors.


    The conference will enhance your understanding of the Mission and Vision of Outdoor Programs.  You will be provided a CAI course manual that guides your step by step instructions, in creating a CAI course for your District / Council / Area. 

    The conference will include; in depth discussion on;

    • course design
    • advertising and promotion
    • staff and participant recruitment
    • staff development 
    • financial considerations
    • facility considerations 
    • best practices on content and delivery in both the classroom and the field

    For information regarding the Scheduled CAI Course Director Conference in 2018


    Western Region: - scheduled for this coming week at Philmont Training Center, sorry registration is closed.  This is going to be good!


    Central Region - For more additional information please contact Region Chair - Michael Brand


    Southern Region:  - For more information please contact Region Chair - Bill Pepito


    Northeast Region: - TBA


    Please consider serving as a CAI Course Director in 2019 and experience the joy of teaching Scouters to be BSA Certified Angling Instructors, increase your reach and influence to count for better Scouting! #DARETODO!  #DELIVERTHEPROMISE! #GETURFISHON!


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 08-Aug-2018 3:52 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Do you ever reflect on your efforts and accomplishments as a BSA Certified Angling Instructor? If not, please do so now.  


    Like you, I have many talents.  I am gifted as an insightful mind reader.  To prove my point, I think you secretely wish for more hours in the day and more hands to do meaningful work as a CAI.  Am I correct?  


    Still not yet convinced that I am a mind reader?  I think you also wish for others to help you in;

    • building awareness in others of the benefits of BSA Fishing Programs in Scout Recruitment and Retention efforts
    • providing even more opportunities for your Scouts to experience a #FIRSTCATCH
    • procuring and maintaining age appropriate / skills based fishing equipment
    • developing and maintaining angler access points on shorelines
    • managing the always growing aquatic vegitation 
    • assessing, evaluating, and properly managing your local fishery
    • providing your Scouts more oportunities to experience their First Catch and make memories.

    Was I correct?

    Still not yet convinced that I am a mind reader?  I think you also wish for help in achieving your dreams.  Perhaps it may be time to stop wishing, and start doing?  


    I encourage you to take that first step, explore the roles and responsibilities of a CAI Course Director.  Accordingly, I would like to invite you to attend a CAI Course Director Conference in 2018.


    These conferences are facilitated by members of the BSA National Fishing Task Force, and are designed to develop existing Certified Angling Instructors, like you, into confident CAI Course Directors.


    The conference will enhance your understanding of the Mission and Vision of Outdoor Programs.  You will be provided a CAI course manual that guides your step by step instructions, in creating a CAI course for your District / Council / Area. 

    The conference will include; in depth discussion on;

    • course design
    • advertising and promotion
    • staff and participant recruitment
    • staff development 
    • financial considerations
    • facility considerations 
    • best practices on content and delivery in both the classroom and the field

    Below is a listing of scheduled 2018 CAI Course Director Conferences.


    Western Region: September 16-22, 2018 Philmont Training Center; Cimmarron New Mexico  For more information  https://bcai.wildapricot.org/event-2658564


    Central Region: November 2-4, 2018 - Camp Drake, Prarie Land Council; Fairmont Illinois  For more information https://bcai.wildapricot.org/event-2899182


    Southern Region: February 9-12, 2019 - Sea Base, For more information https://bcai.wildapricot.org/event-3028031


    NorthEast Region: TBA - For more information - Contact Region Chairman - Jim Byrd


    Please consider serving as a CAI Course Director in 2019 and experience the joy of teaching Scouters to be BSA Certified Angling Instructors, increase your reach and influence to count for better Scouting!  #DARETODO!  #DELIVERTHEPROMISE! #GETURFISHON!


    Michael Brand - Communications


  • 30-Jul-2018 8:27 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    From the Desk of Ben Jelsema 


    Ben’s Tight Lines Message - Don’t Do It Alone


    You are a CAI with the responsibility to teach our Scouts how to fish. Don’t do it alone!  You need the help of other CAIs to lighten your load and to make an even bigger impact.  Get others in your area to become CAIs to help you.  


    Does your council have a Fishing Committee?  Why not?  Sell the benefits of Fishing in Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation.  Make Fishing a Gateway for Girls by offering fishing adventures and offer female Scouters the chance to become CAIs.  We have trained over 1,000 CAIs and will have over 25 CAI courses this year.  


    Please recruit your fellow Scouters to become CAIs.  Check our course schedule at bsafishing.org/CAI and get them signed up for a course near you.


    An even better alternative would be for you to arrange a course.  If you need us to run it call your Region Chairman.  Even better, if you want to run a course in your council, take a CAI Course Directors Seminar and then run your own course.  


    You will need your council to help promote the CAI course, so you need to explain the benefits to the council: 1) adding quality programs, 2) improving the camp’s fishery, 3) improving camp attendance, and 4) seeing the smiles on Scout’s faces. 


    If the course attendance is over 10 we have a progressive free fishing gear offer to help the camp enhance their fishing supplies.  The more that take the course the higher the reward (from $400 worth for 10 attendees to $1,500 worth for over 25 attendees). In addition, the council will have a cadre of CAIs to bring new fishing events and to support its existing fishing programs.  


    We know from a Boys’ Life survey that Fishing is the 4th most desired outdoor activity for Scouts (following Camping, Swimming and Biking).  Is your council aware of that?  They need to build on every Scout’s desire for fishing.  


    I am very proud of the progress you and your fellow CAIs have made in providing our Cubs, Scouts and Venturers a lifelong activity of fishing, conservation and the love of nature. 


    FISH ON!

    Ben Jelsema

    National BSA Outdoor Programs Committee

    Chairman, BSA National Fishing Subcommittee


  • 30-Jul-2018 7:45 PM | Michael Brand (Administrator)

    Ben Jelsema and Bill Pepito encouraged me to share this message.  


    Many of you may not know that I was able to do a live radio interview this past January at the National Professional Anglers Association Annual Meeting in early January.  As a result of that broadcast, I was recently  asked to be interviewed on the Cutting Edge Outdoors.  http://ceoguys.com/


    They broadcast out of Hales Corners (a suburb of Milwaukee) Wisconsin but reach all of southeastern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and points nortth.  Audience around 10-12k!


    Here is the link to the podcast to check out The Big Fish!  

    http://www.1057fmthefan.com/media/audio-channel/ceo-7-am-everything-outdoors-all-show-long-20


    I encourage you to find ways to spread the word of BSA Fishing Programs, be it in your unit, District, Council, Area or Region.  We have a great story to tell.  We need the message to be shared.


    I thank you for your service to Scouting, during the Spring and Summer programs.  Many memories were made, and the opportunity for continued impact looks more promising then ever.  Please encourage Scouters to get Trained as Certified Angling Instructors,   Encourage Scouts to earn the Complete Angler Recognition Award, and lets get those Cub Scouts on the water, both the girls and the boys!


    FISH ON!

    Michael Brand - Communications



  • 27-Jul-2018 9:00 AM | Michael Brand (Administrator)
    Below is an article found in the American Flyfisher, the quarterly journal of the American Museum of Flyfishing in Vermont.  It hails the BSA as the “Keeper of the Flame” of Flyfishing.


    Interesting reading and shows how the BSA has help boys learn to fish and love it from the beginning. 


    http://www.amff.org/keepers-flame-boy-scouts-america/



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